“Wow, he is so handsome…”
“Man, how rich is he…”
“Seriously, that guy is so brilliant!”
“I like his attitude. Nice decent guy, everyone love him…”
And people, usually something comes up in one’s mind right after they uttered those words, which sounded like this…
“I wish I could be like him”
It does happen to me and I believe many others. Somehow, this thinking is not really what we suppose to have, eyh?
I was reading the Quran when I came across this verse. And I took the excerpt from Tafseer ibnu Kathir. Let us think about it together…
“And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.” (Quran, 4;32)
Imam Ahmad recorded that Umm Salamah said “O Messenger of Allah! Men go to battle, but we do not go to battle, and we earn one-half of the inheritance (that men get)”.
Allah sent down the verse above as a reply.
“For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned,”
indicates, according to Ibn Jarir, that each person will earn his wages for his works, a reward if his deeds are good, and punishment if his deeds are evil.
It was also reported that this Aayah is talking about inheritance, indicating the fact that each person will get his due share of the inheritance, as al-Waalibi reported from Ibn ‘Abbas. Allah then directed the servants to what benefits them,
“and ask Allah of His Bounty”
Therefore, the Aayah states, “Do not wish for what other people are endowed with over you, for this is a decision that will come to pass and wishing does not change its decree. However, ask Me of My favor and I will grant it to you, for I am Most Generous and Most Forgiving”. Allah then said,
“Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of Everything.”
meaning, Allah knows who deserves this life, and so He gives him riches, and whoever deserves poverty,
He makes him poor. He also knows who deserves the Hereafter, and He directs him to perform the deeds that will help him to be successful in it, and whoever deserves failure, He prevents him from achieving righteousness and what leads to it. Hence, Allah said,
“Surely Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.”
Now that we’ve knew about this, for what we have, shouldn’t we be thankful? Instead of wishing to be like the others, why don’t we ask Allah of his bounty, to have something which is the best for ourself, and be content with it? Does not mean we shouldn’t work hard after we’ve got something good, eyh? As Allah said,
“So when you have finished (your occupation), devote yourself to Allah’s worship. And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your) intentions and hopes.” (Quran, 94;7-8)